The all-new C8 Corvette evolves the iconic sports car into a world-beating mid-engine superstar, marking the most significant generational change the nameplate has ever seen. However, beyond the sharpened driving dynamics and enhanced rear-wheel traction, there are a few more subjective areas where the preceding C7 generation could be considered the C8’s superior. The exhaust note is one such area.
Now, Philadelphia-based tuner AWE is placing the C8 Corvette alongside the C7 Corvette to see which sounds better in the following rev-off video.
Naturally, both Vettes are equipped with a new AWE exhaust system, specifically the tuner’s Touring Edition pipes. Both exhaust systems are made from 3-inch CNC mandrel-bent T304L stainless steel, with 4.5-inch double-walled tips.
As for the engines in play, the C7 Chevy Corvette runs the naturally aspirated 6.2L LT1 V8, which produces 455 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 460 pound-feet of torque at 4,600 rpm from the factory. According to AWE, the new exhaust adds an additional 22 horsepower and 20 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels.
Then there’s the C8 Corvette, which is equipped with the naturally aspirated 6.2L LT2 V8, producing 490 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque from the factory. According to AWE, the new exhaust system adds 19 horsepower and 15 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels.
While specs and horsepower numbers are great, this video isn’t about all that. This is all about how these two sports cars sound when dipping into the loud pedal, and that’s exactly what we get, with both the C7 Corvette and the C8 Corvette burning the go juice in a flurry of pops, bangs, and other healthy internal combustion noises.
Hit play to see it all go down for yourself, and vote in the poll to voice your opinion on which Vette sounds better. And don’t forget to subscribe to GM Authority for more mid-engine Corvette news, Corvette C8 news, Corvette news, Chevrolet news, and 24/7 GM news coverage.